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Sunday, May 1 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9H: The Truthful Lie: Writing Historical Fiction LIMITED

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This lecture takes on the practical challenge at the core of writing historical fiction: the seamless integration of fictive imagination and historical fact. Truth relies on historical research. However, the evidence of historical reality must be finely woven into the verities of any good novel—point of view, plot, character, setting, structure. The lecture includes (brief) deconstruction of exemplary historical fiction scenes (Russell Banks, Geraldine Brooks, Tracy Chevalier, Edwidge Danticat, E.L. Doctorow) focusing on specific craft elements.

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LaShonda Barnett

Novelist and playwright LaShonda Katrice Barnett grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. Her debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic 2015), was an Editor's Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune; won ElIe Magazine's Belle Lettres 2015 Reader's Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
St. James Room